Saturday, October 28, 2017

DEMON POSSESSION IS CONSIDERED NONSENSE BY THOSE WHO THINK THEY ARE SCIENTIFICALLY ENLIGHTENED AND BELIEVE THAT PSYCHOTIC ILLNESSES ARE THE RESULT OF SOME BRAIN MALFUNCTION. The Bible Distinguishes Between The Spiritual And The Physical, And Even Allows For The Psychological. However, even psychological issues are really the result of spiritual influences that are evil, as is demonstrated when Jesus casts out demons.

Luke 8:26-39 is quite explicit. A deranged man is demon possessed. Jesus identifies that this is the case and demonstrates His authority over the evil ones. The demons seek to be cast into swine rather than the abyss. Once in the swine, they drove the swine to the drink. What a waste of life? Or pigs?

The moral to the story: do not let demons into swine, they are driven to the brink (“Drink!” said the alcoholic, “I’ll have one of those.”)
  • Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. (Luke 8:30-35)
Israelites were not to eat swine. Evidently, this is more a health benefit rather than an effectual rite for salvation, even if it were a command given within what some people consider a religious context, because of the judgment of God associated with disobedience, having violated this health law.

Consider this question: In jurisdictions where there are health regulations for the preparation and selling of food, are people jailed today for violation of health laws, if they cannot pay the fine?

Therefore, the health laws existed for the physical good of the people, not for their eternal salvation, even if presented within a theocratic religious context.

  • “Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one in the midst, eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and mice, shall come to an end together,” says the Lord. (Isaiah 66:17)
One of the biggest concerns with eating pork meat is trichinosis or trichinellosis. This is an infection that humans get from eating undercooked or uncooked pork that contains the larvae of the trichinella worm. In some countries and cultures, they actually consume pork raw.—Tapeworms, Toxins and More: The Truth about Your Pork
The episode of this demoniac, recorded in Luke, tells us that if you think you are smart (possess an IQ of note) and have answers to life’s question but do not know the One who has the power over life and death, like those who saw the man delivered from his demons, you too ought to be afraid. Demons are intent on one thing only, taking you to the brink—of the abyss. Why let them take control of your life? ( 2 Timothy 2:26; Ephesians 2:2) Especially, when you can be free from fear of death’s unknown.

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